28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
Fly
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo journey planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 5 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sagano and Keage Incline. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kyoto Botanical Garden, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto vacation builder site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nara

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isuien Garden and Naramachi. Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Iga-ryu Ninja Museum (in Iga), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Mt. Yoshino (in Yoshino-cho). There's more to do: stroll around Nara Park and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nara tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. August in Nara sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Beppu.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Usuki Sekibutsu and Takasakiyama Nature Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Yufu (Yufuin Shoyuya Honten, Mt. Yufu, &more) and Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge (in Kokonoe-machi). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and take in panoramic vistas at Sagiridai Observatory.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu travel route builder app.

You can fly from Nara to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nara in August, you will find days in Beppu are little chillier (85°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History and Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Kitakyushu (Mojiko Retro & Kokura Castle). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, make a trip to Fukuoka Tower, browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Kintaikyo Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey maker site.

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Takayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Takayama

— 4 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kappa Bashi and Garyu Park (Garyu Sakura). Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama tour itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Takayama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. August in Takayama sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and then find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip